Vets With A Mission Guest Book
Name: Dan Cumberland
Email: dfcumberland at hotmail dot com
Hometown: Germantown, MD
Date: March 06, 2006 - 11:00 AM (pacific)
Served with 41st Signal Bn. in Qui Nhon in Comm Center. There from Sept. '66 to Sept. '67. Would like to hear from old buddies. Lifer Louie? McCarthy? Bob Smith? Big Jim? Many others.
Name: john stephenson
Email: jstephen at saintmarys dot edu
Hometown: south bend, indiana
Date: March 06, 2006 - 08:26 AM (pacific)
i was in college from 68-72 and i just want to say thank you to all of you who served and suffered and continue to suffer while being part of the military
Name: Rajesh Jeganathan
Email: pjr_1731 at yahoo dot co dot in
Date: March 06, 2006 - 06:41 AM (pacific)
Good site. I am from India. It is a informative site to know about Vietnam's history.
Name: Thomas B Crane
Email: mildlykool at yahoo dot com
Hometown: , VA
Date: March 06, 2006 - 06:01 AM (pacific)
My dad served fora few tours over there, got a few medals and stuff. and met my mother over there. now i am in the country to get a piece of history. I am proud and grateful for what all the soldiers did for the country
Name: John W. Slawinski
Email: jwslawinski at dslextreme dot com
Hometown: Glendora, Ca
Date: March 05, 2006 - 09:16 PM (pacific)
Served with VMFA-542, MAG-11 mar68-oct69.
Name: joe ludlam
Email: joeludlam at aol dot com
Hometown: valley city, oh
Date: March 05, 2006 - 12:40 PM (pacific)
9/1/66-8/30/67 vietnam service
Name: Charlie "Chief " Francis Running Hawk
Email: CiscoEglFthr123 at aol dot com
Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska
Date: March 05, 2006 - 05:04 AM (pacific)
ooooOOORAHHH, served with 2/26/3rdMarDiv,66-67,Foxtrot,H&S Co. Bn Scouts, any Brothers,remember me, DangNang,PhuBai, Hue City, KheSanh..nickname Chief..went over USS HenRico APA-35 from Deigo..
Name: Peggy Clifton
Email: peggya4u at hotmail dot com
Date: March 04, 2006 - 11:29 PM (pacific)
I am try to locate anyone who may have known my brother SP/4 Edward John Lindemann. He was with Company C,4th Medical Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Vietnam 11/1968 until he was wounded April 1970. He was at 17th Field Hospital until transfered to 249th General Hospital Japan. He received The Distinguished Service Cross for throwing himself on a grenade to protect his comrades. He was wounded by enemy fire while on reconnaissance mission B-40 rockets. He mentions a place called Vouny or Voung Tou. He received 3 purple hearts and also the Bronze Star during his duty. I lost my brother July 17th, 2005 from gastric cancer related to his exposure to Agent Orange. I miss my brother terribly and not a day goes by that I do not think of him. I would like to know more about his experiences while in Vietnam, he didn't share much. The information I do have is from letters I have saved. I know he said he played Tunnel Rat December 1969. In October 1969 he mentioned being at a fire base Hard Times
40 miles NW of An Khe. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Name: Dave Michael Tatum
Email: davetatum at aol dot com
Hometown: Malvern, PA
Date: March 04, 2006 - 02:24 PM (pacific)
Nice web site. I am the guy in Con Thien #3 running with my helmet in my hand and the longish hair. Today I teach 11th grade American history and of course teach about the war. This picture got me in a lot of trouble with my mom. I was always lying about how safe I was. I will always remember Con Thien and the mud and the blood. I was wounded there on December 5th, 1967. I came back to do another tour of duty in 1968. Some day soon I will again stand on the "Hill of the Spirits." Today I hear Vietnamese every day. Many of my students are Vietnamese. I have a special place in my heart for the place and the people. Who would of ever thought? Semper Fi. Dave Tatum 2195212 Cpl. USMC
Name: Ken Grant
Email: jkgrant at sacoriver dot net
Hometown: E.Waterboro, Me.
Date: March 04, 2006 - 08:27 AM (pacific)
I should have done this long ago. My grandson's serving of two tours in Iraq has made me see how selfish I have been. He is in the 101st Airborne.
I served in MCB 10 Chu Lai 65-66. first I thank all of you that served. I thank those of you that I never met or knew, for protecting our butts while we built the runway at Chu Lai.
I thank those who gave all, ( for they still watch over us )
Name: William Hager
Email: billohager at verizon dot net
Hometown: Port Hueneme, CA
Date: March 03, 2006 - 11:05 PM (pacific)
I was with 823 RED HORSE unit 2 from July 68 to July 69. Names I can remember are: John Ogden aka Auggie Doggie, Billy Taylor aka BT, Harvey Kent, and a guy named Purvis from LA. Welcome home ladies and gentlemen!
Name: morris moomey
Email: moomey04750 at yahoo dot com
Date: March 03, 2006 - 10:05 PM (pacific)
served in nha trang 68/69 usaf
Name: Robert Lee Scott
Email: scottr4 at peoplepc dot com
Hometown: branson, mo
Date: March 03, 2006 - 05:17 PM (pacific)
I served in viet nam 67-69 as a sentry dog handler on hon tre island, I'am looking for a donald hodges.he'from carrollton'texas. along lost friend. we also served in the 212thmp co at long bein.any help will be greatly appreciated.
Name: Ralph McDermott
Email: mcdermottralph at yahoo dot com
Hometown: Freeport, Pa
Date: March 03, 2006 - 12:14 PM (pacific)
C 1/8 4th Div. 5- 67 to 5-68. Looking for guys who remember those times and places. Good site. Thank you.
Name: mike butera
Email: mlbutera at aol dot com
Hometown: pgh, pa
Date: March 02, 2006 - 04:44 PM (pacific)
i was in vn from 67-68 with usarv 97th artillary group, 79th hawk missile ordinance. i am attempting to get info on my unit and my friends. any help will be apprteciated
Name: Baker Michael Baker
Email: sbaker28 at triad dot rr dot com
Hometown: High Point, NC
Date: March 02, 2006 - 09:45 AM (pacific)
Looking for LT. John Vaughn: Call sign was Lucky One. Co. B 2nd Bn. 327 1967-68
Name: Richard Alan Thomas
Email: RTLandscap at comcast dot net
Hometown: Haddon Heights, N.J.
Date: March 02, 2006 - 06:49 AM (pacific)
U.S.M.C.Retired Medically.Nam 70/71 Assigned to Mac/v Liasion DucDuc/DiaLoc.Comm Chief Lima Btry 4/10 Comm Chief FoxBtry 2/10
Name: Doug Miller
Email: thunder_48k at yahoo dot com
Hometown: Hiawatha, KS
Date: March 02, 2006 - 01:47 AM (pacific)
My tour in Vietnam was from August 1969 to August 1970. When I first arrived in country, I was assigned mess duty at the 11th Marine Regimental Hqs in Da Nang.
After 30 days of washing pots and scrambling eggs, I was assigned to Hotel Btry 3/11 and went to LZ Ryder. Hog battery was direct support for 2/7. We shot for 3/5 in Happy Valley when needed, also for the 101st Airborne and ARVN troops. My first section chief was Sgt John Osier. He lives in Topeka, KS and is doing well.
We were rotated off Ryder in the spring of 1970 to "clean up a bit". During the monsoon season we were clouded in quite often, therefore we did not get resupplied with C-Rations and water timely. After running out of water for a few days, we saved it for drinking, not shaving. I remember going almost 90 days without shower during that time. Rain water was what we used to wash with. A chopper full of 1st MAR DIV officers landed for a visit one sunny day and we were rotated to LZ Baldy, minus our commanding officer. He was a good one too.
The rumor mill had it that the reason for their visit was to congratulate us for being the hottest firing battery in Vietnam at the time. I don't know if that was true, but I do remember shooting as many as 400 rounds per tube per day for pretty long stretches of time. After about 30 days at LZ Baldy, it was decided we were best suited for the field and we returned to LZ Ryder.
When we weren't shooting, we were breaking out ammo, or cleaning the howitzer. We shot "danger close" more times than anyone involved would like to remember. One night during a heavy rain storm, I shot my howitzer through the parapit wall and down the hill quite a distance. The trails were in the mud past the travel locks. We must have realigned the aiming stakes six times or more. Charge 7 rounds were needed, and I wasn't allowed to call the gun out of action. All rounds landed on time and on target. At daylight, it took most of the battery personnel to push the gun back up the hill.
We were a great team, 2/7 called us the automatic '05's. I have never been with a unit that worked so well together. I certainly admire all unit members for their hard work, dedication to duty and to each other, and professionalism in a not so perfect environment.
During lulls of firing, we trained. For practice, we shot an air burst high over Antenna Valley, then put a round or two in the smoke, depending upon how hard the wind was blowing. The competition was great for increasing speed and accuracy. The fuse setter had to have it together too.
I would like to hear from anyone that was there or we shot for. I have pictures of the old Ryder, and of Ryder after the rennovation. When we returned to LZ Ryder from LZ Baldy, there were many improvements including: a larger LZ, actual ammo bunkers, more wire, a trash shoot, bunkers to sleep in, and a latrine with a roof on it. I will gladly send pictures, post them to an appropriate web site, or send them to current 11th Marine units for historical archiving.
Does anyone remember how we happened to acquire an Air Force generator for LZ Ryder? It is a pretty good story, but the Motor T section needs to tell it.
Keywords: LZ Ryder, LZ Baldy, LZ Ross, Antenna Valley, Que Son Valley, Happy Valley, "Horrible Hog", "Arnold", "Cpl Shorts", 101A1 105 Howitzer, Quick Draw, Hill 951, 11th Marines, H 3/11, , 2/7, 3/5, "Wierd Dude", "T", Kennedy, Martinez, Rojas, John Osier, "Woody", "Ski", Gordy, Tex, Lanigan, Doug Miller, 1st Marine Division, Danger Close, IOD,
Name: Gregory S. Bradley
Email: gregobradl at aol dot com
Hometown: Chelsea, MA.
Date: March 01, 2006 - 03:32 PM (pacific)
Vietnam Era Vet.
Name: LARRY G. BLOUNT
Email: larryblount at hotmail dot com
Date: March 01, 2006 - 12:27 AM (pacific)
WAS IN NAM FROM 66 TO 68. WITH THE 7th MOTORS & 10 MOTORS TRANSPORT BN. HOPE ALL THOSE BUDDIES I HAD MADE IT HOME. I KNOW SOME WHO DIDN'T..SEMPI FI...
Name: Davis Chatman
Email: robdav at bellsouth dot net
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Date: February 28, 2006 - 11:21 PM (pacific)
I am a viet nam veteran, i served in danang, 71-72 i was in a support group, for the 40th Ord./184 th. my duties, was from armor, or doing 12 on 12 off at the danang ammo. depot. anybody was stationed there, during that time, let me know.
Name: Richard M Blomquist
Email: Blom2229 at netscape dot com
Hometown: Rockford, IL
Date: February 28, 2006 - 08:03 PM (pacific)
USAF-Two tours, first was 1965 part of 429th TFS, from Cannon AFB, 832nd APRON, departed after 4.6 mos. TDY, returned to Cannon, only to receive orders later in 1966 to return to RSVN, to Tuy Hoa AB.
Name: William Robert Hodder
Email: hodderw at bellsouth dot net
Hometown: Ladson, Penna,now SC
Date: February 28, 2006 - 06:20 PM (pacific)
Served with 101st Abn,from Nov-7th-April-69,A-3/187TH
then served with B-1/22nd Inf,4th Inf,Div,until
Name: Robert Holland
Email: rehollandjr at hotmail dot com
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Date: February 27, 2006 - 10:17 PM (pacific)
42d APU USARV Vietnam, 9/66 to 9/67. Tan Son Nhut
Name: Doug Miller
Email: thunder_48k at yahoo dot com
Hometown: Hiawatha, KS
Date: February 27, 2006 - 08:03 PM (pacific)
I was on LZ Ryder most of the time from Aug 69 - Aug 70. Also, spent some time on LZ Baldy and made mortar call at Ross a few times. I was with H 3/11, gun 5 then gun 6.